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ETS® Proficiency Profile Test Design

The ETS® Proficiency Profile* is available in both Standard and Abbreviated forms to meet different institutional needs. Questions on the ETS Proficiency Profile are multiple choice and are arranged in blocks of three to eight questions in each skill area. Each section tests the same types of skills. This integrated design ensures that all skill areas are tested equally.

ETS Proficiency Profile Standard Form

The Standard form of the ETS Proficiency Profile test is intended to provide information about individual students as well as groups of students. It consists of 108 questions, divided into two sections of 54 questions each. The two sections may be administered either in a single two-hour testing session or in two separate, one-hour testing sessions. The Standard form includes:

  • 27 questions testing critical thinking skills
  • 27 questions testing reading skills
  • 27 questions testing writing skills
  • 27 questions testing mathematics skills

Additionally, students taking the Standard form can earn a Certificate of Achievement based on how well they perform.

ETS Proficiency Profile Abbreviated Form

The Abbreviated form of the ETS Proficiency Profile test is intended to provide information about groups of at least 30 students. It is administered in a single 40-minute testing session. The abbreviated form does not provide information about individual students.

The Abbreviated form is created by dividing the Standard form into three smaller forms of 36 questions each. The three Abbreviated forms are packaged in alternating sequence, so that each version is taken by one-third of the students. The 108 questions in the Standard form are assigned to the three Abbreviated forms to make each of them a miniature version of the Standard form.

Each of the three Abbreviated forms includes:

  • nine questions measuring critical thinking skills
  • nine questions measuring reading skills
  • nine questions measuring writing skills
  • nine questions measuring mathematics skills

Content Flexibility

  • Add your own questions — Faculty can add up to 50 locally authored, multiple-choice questions and nine demographic questions to meet specific program needs.
  • Add an essay — Institutions can gain additional insight into students' general knowledge and critical thinking and writing skills by adding an optional essay.

For more information about how the ETS Proficiency Profile can be used at your institution, contact an ETS Advisor.

* The ETS Proficiency Profile follows the same test design as, and is statistically equated to, the former ETS Academic Profile assessment, allowing former Academic Profile customers to conduct longitudinal or cross-sectional studies.

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